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>> on the stream >> americans are uncomfortable talking about death and dying, but social media is normalizing the conversation and making it surprisingly hopeful. don't miss the stream the stream, on al jazeera america >> this is beyond anything we've seen. we must prepare for everything. >> that dire warning from chuck hagel, saying islamic state group poses a threat oh to americans and is unlike any terror organization he has seen in years. >> today is a miraculous day. i'm thrilled to be alive. >> dr. kent brantley back with his family this morning opinion the latest on his amazing
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recovery and how he beat ebola. >> the national guard pulling out of ferguson as protests take peaceful turns. ferguson is getting ready for the funeral of michael brown. >> from celebrities to ordinary people, all getting drenched for a good cause. the ice bucket challenge is raising record amounts of cold cash. >> welcome to aljazeera america. i'm del walters. >> i'm stephanie sy. u.s. airstrikes are pounding targets in iraq. the u.s. military is going after the islamic state group. >> it is called mother dangerous than al-qaeda. >> the islamic state killed an american journalists and promises more attacks. the pentagon has concerns beyond iraq's borders. >> after the murder of james thole, pentagon officials say
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the islamic state group now are a major security threat to the u.s. >> they marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. they are tremendously well-funded. oh, this is beyond anything that we've seen, so we must prepare for everything, and the only way you do that is you take a cold, steely hard look at it and get ready. >> the portrayal is much harsher than earlier in the year when president barack obama said i.s. was not as dangerous as al-qaeda and neither the pentagon nor top military officials will say if the u.s. is already at war with i.s. since august 8, the military bombed vehicles, check points and con voice nearly 90 times, only two of them not killing the fighters in their sights. the iraqi government asked
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washington to intervene because its troops couldn't prevent the take over of northern iraq. the question of war is one for president barack obama, not the military, which takes its orders from him. he added this, the battle to stop i.s. will not stop soon and will go beyond iraq. >> can they be stopped without addressing them in iraq? no. airstrikes, i'm not predicting those will occur in jair, not by the united states or america, but requires the application of all the tools of national powers. >> pentagon officials repeated what the president and state department have said about the airstrikes, they are only being used for humanitarian and national security reasons. officials there also know that
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they're going to have to prove their not engaging in mission creep, using the airstrikes as a pretext or an all out war against the is islamic state group. >> they are assessing operations on the ground. dempsey brought out a couple of key points. the iraqi troops and kurdish forces can't push back these isil fighters without outside help. he brought up the point that the border between iraq and syria is really a border in name only at this point. what could be done? one option, airstrikes inside sir yes. another option, ground troops, all president obama has
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dismissed that outright many times, saying there will not be combat troops on the ground in iraq, much less syria. also beefing up numbers is an option, special advisers and forces could be helping the iraqi and kurdish fighters. another option, faster and more equipment getting to those forces trying to battle the islamic state group. >> the threat of radicalized people going into this area of syria and iraq and then coming back to their home country is something dempsey called an immediate threat, because of the open borders and the easy immigration transition back and forth. basically, these people have passports, and because it's easy to get from european nations to the u.s. and back and forth without a visa, he said that's
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grave concern. he thinks europe is in more immediate danger because of their closer proximity to the region but raising a red flag on all fronts. >> libby casey, thank you very much. >> four french journalists abducted by the islamic state group are opening up about their experiences including time spent with american james foley. three colleagues were held captive with foley or seven months and their captors put them through mock executions daily with foley receiving the harshest treatment. >> being american, it was harsher. >> in what way. >> he would be beaten a bit more, probably. >> the islamic state is threatening to kill another american if u.s. airstrikes continue in iraq. >> the islamic state group fighting the government in syria
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where the death toll has climbed. the u.n. human rights office saying more than 191,000 people have died that in violence. syria i can't's bloody war started in 2011. >> to my friends and church family and all who lifted me up in prayer asking for my healing and recovery, please do not stop operating for the people of liberia and west africa and for a quick end to this ebola epidemic. >> dr. brantley called is a miraculous day. he is out of the hospital and back with his family. >> he is free of the ebola virus and poses no health risks. >> his colleague, aid worker nancy writebol was discharged. doctors say she has recovered from the virus. >> ebola still spreading in west africa, 1300 people there are dead. >> we are joined with the latest, what a day for dr. brantley. >> story of the week i think for
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me, stephanie of all the stories we've recovered and looked at this week, this is one people are going to remember, why? because you have a 33-year-old texan who walked in to the hospital wearing a haz-mat suit looking for all the world like a nasa astronaut and yesterday, thursday, he was given a new lease in life and looked and sounded absolutely great. >> a miracle in georgia. dr. kent brantley free of ebola applauded by the doctors and nurses who cared for him at emery university hospital in atlanta. >> today is a miraculous day. i am they would to be alive, to be well, and to be reunited with my family. >> it was all so different last month when brantley an aid worker arrived from west africa wearing clothing designed to stop the virus spread be. thee weeks later, he is able to
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hug staff, friends and family, his body free of the disease that nearly killed him. >> we have determined in conjunction with the centers for disease control and state health democrats that dr. brantley has recovered from the ebola virus infection, and that he can return to his family, to his community and to his life without public health concerns. >> at the same news conference, emery hospital announced the other american aid worker brought to atlanta suffering from ebola, nancy writebol was discharged on tuesday. both brantley and writebol received and experimental drug that's not yet widely available. experts say the virus is still prevalent in west africa, with more than 1300 people dead. >> we need to take this with a grain of salt that these two individuals are able to walk out of the hospital healthy. the ebola view us rages on in africa. 396 have died in guinea, 374 in
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sierra leone and four in nigeria, something that dr. kent brantley is all too well aware of. >> please, continue to pray for liberia and the people of west africa and encourage those in position of leadership and influence to do everything possible to bring this ebola outbreak to an end. thank you. >> i want to be clear, the drug is called z map, made in san diego, there's none left now. it's run out. doctors can't say with any certainty whether that was the trick, that's what did it for them. they just don't know. they're going to have to do more trials to find out about that. the medical team say they learned an awful lot about how best to treat ebola. we're not going to hear from no one's writebol i don't think, but dr. brantley said give me time with my family and i'll be happy to answer your questions
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and tell my story. >> he really looks well. >> we were on the air when he came out. we couldn't believe it, could we? it's extraordinary. >> thank you very much. >> coming up at 8:30, we'll speak with an infectious disease expert about both of their recovers. >> for now, more airstrikes in gaza and word hamas killed 11 people accused of collaborating with israel. >> those killings coming just one day after airstrikes killed three top hamas military commanders, israel releasing video of that attack. >> jacki is live in jerusalem for us. what reason is hamas giving for executing these 11 people? >> well, good morning, stephanie. hamas is now saying that another seven people, in addition to those 11 all announced, have been executed early on friday, accused of being collaborators, informants who have given information to israel,
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information that will have helped, according to hamas, the israelis to carry out attacks, in particular the assassination of three senior hamas figures on thursday. the message that hamas is clearly sending to ordinary people in the gaza strip is do not cooperate with israel, because if you do, this could happen to you, as well. >> jacki, thursday's attack by israel dealt a serious blow to hamas leadership. could that bring them back to the associating table and tell us about this european push for an immediate ceasefire. >> clearly israel's objection in moving to this tactic of targeting senior figures in is tended to rob hamas of its military senior leadership. whether that will bring hamas back to the negotiating table is the question. the hamas leader has said has ham mat would not rule out a
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return to talks, provided, he said, that israel would address the main demands of hamas and of people in gaza, namely the easing of the blockade and the rebuilding of the gaza strip. those are the hamas demands. the israelis, of course, saying that their security concerns must be paramount. as you say, the europeans trying to work on the new initiative at the united nation to say try to get immediate and sustainable ceasefire. we see how difficult that task is when we bear in mind the failure of the egyptians to secure that deal despite very long and differ efforts. >> jacki, thank you. >> stephanie he. >> a senior hamas official claims a brigade was behind the kidnapping of three israeli teens in the west bang, touching off the current conflict in gaza. the claim was made to a group of international scholars in turkey
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where he is compiled. hamas has not confirmed or denied the claim. israel that accused hamas of being behind the abduction. >> three israelis are said to have killed a teen following the deaths of three israel teams. the american teen who was badly visited was visited by u.s. officials last week. israel denies allegations. >> in egypt, state media saying 33 were killed when two tour buses slammed into each other. forty ours were hurt, dozens of ambulances rushing to the scene. collisions common in egypt. the roads are poorly maintained and a lot of people ignore traffic laws. >> a russian aid convoy is now driving into eastern ukraine. the trucks crossed the border
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headed for ukraine. >> pro tests in ferguson smaller and more peaceful. >> the national guard is pulling out. the community is preparing to bury the teenager shot by the police officer. >> has anyone put a finger on why things have calmed so dramatically? >> well, a number of factors have been cited. law enforcement officials believe attorney general eric holder's visit seemed to tamp down the aggression. people showed them that their concerns were being heard. bear in mind that on wednesday, a grand jury began hearing testimony in the shooting of michael brown. police have said they believe better coordination with the clergy to help with the protestors at night was helpful.
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now, it seems the focus is really shifting on mending the relations between the police and people in this community. >> they're also taking a look now at the federal and local investigations. we understand that 70,000 signatures have been on a petition now that are demanding that the st. louis county prosecutor robert mcculloch step down. why do they want him to step aside? >> his multi-generational ties to the st. louis police department are a concern. his father was a police officer killed in the line of duty, as it happens, by an african-american man. his brother and uncle are also police officers. he has said that the loss of his father has made him very empathetic to the polite of crime victims. he has been described as one of the most experienced prosecutors in the state of missouri. he's been elected seven times. >> on monday, they will be burying michael brown. do we have a heads up yet on who
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will be at his funeral? >> del, we know that reverend al sharpton will be conducting a sermon. monday, i want to point out the hope is that about 15,000 kids in the ferguson school district will finally begin their school year. as you know, it was postponed several times. >> live from ferguson, missouri, thank you very much. >> rescue crews are still trying to reach dozens of people missing after landslides in western japan. now thousands more are ordered to evacuate. there is rain in the forecast days after heavy rain sent mud, rock and debris downhill. the death toll is 39. >> dry conditions and stormy weather making it dangerous out west. >> let's bring in our meteorologist. >> we're talking about the dry weather. we do get rain. that can cause a problem. a lot of rain before it reaches the ground evaporates.
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then it cools and then you get this wind that develops, that video coming in from southern california yesterday from palm springs from these storms that caused this, this is a wall of wind and sand that picks up a lot of dry sand on the ground and causes a dust storm. the winds can really pick up to 50-60 miles an hour, and this this reduces visibility and does cause damage. these are the storms. the area of low pressure led to these thunderstorms and brought much needed rain to the area. that's the consequences of this when it's so dry outside. the rain continues to move to the northeast. it's still very dry and we could get a repeat of this. the fire weather danger continues across northern california, western neve never and along the coast there. that is a surf advisory, because we have tropical storms in the pacific bringing up moisture. the temperature is heating up again and the drought continues. we might see more dust storms. >> the pentagon says the islamic
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state group is more dangerous than al-qaeda. >> we're going to talk about it with the former ambassador to iraq. >> good news on global warming. it may have slowed down. scientists believe the atlantic ocean has something to do with that. >> there were scary moments as a european road race. the accident sent this car into a vineyard. >> today's big number is $41,800,000. >> we'll talk about how one charity is now benefiting from the ice bucket challenge. the stream, on al jazeera america
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>> today's big number, $41,800,000. >> that is the amount donated so far to a.l.s. research as part of the ice bucket challenge. celebrities to george w. bush to justin timberlake have all taken part. >> 739,000 new donors have
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contributed, giving the association double what they collected last year. >> the deal that brought sergeant bowe bergdahl home from afghanistan is now called illegal. the accountability office said the exchange of bergdahl for detainees violated two laws signed by president obama. the laws required the administration to notify congress 30 days before any taliban prisoner is released from guantanamo bay. >> the pentagon said the islamic state group is more dangerous than al-qaeda. mr. ambassador, president obama went into iraq with the strategy of containing i.s. has the brutal murder of james foley broughtenned that strategy? >> i don't think in and of itself it has, but it has given
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him more domestic support if he decides to up the ante and turn the pressure on. we're not quite sure whether he went into iraq to contain isis. president obama has done the right things but hasn't been clear to sprain his objects to the american people. i think his goal is defeat. we're not certain what the president wants to do. >> you believe containment is defeat. does the u.s. need to target i.s. in syria? there are 50,000i s. fighters in syria by one estimate. >> i don't think the number is that high. the latest if is i saw are between 10,000 and 20,000, i would lean toward 20,000 but that's over a verge area stretching from aleppo near the
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mediterranean coast to mosul in the north of iraq. the first priority needs to be to defeat them in iraq. that's where the strategic terrain is, where the oil fields are located, and we have partners. certainly the kurds in the north and it looks like a better government in baghdad with whom we can ally. >> issued point out that that 50,000 number comes from the human rights syrian observatory of human rights. do you think the only way to stop i.s. right now is a military one, killing its members? is there a diplomatic solution that should also be a focus here? >> again, president obama laid this all out on june 19. it's diplomatic with the region and the entire global community, including in the u.n., where we have a resolution against i.s. it's political, working with the iraqi government, with the sunni arab tribes in the areas isis is
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located, working oh with the kurds for a unified iraqi government that can motivate its soldiers and it's military but not with american major combat troops on the ground, with american air power, logistics, advice, intelligence, and the people in the north, kurds and iraqi forces doing the ground fighting for us. >> can you clarify the sunni tribes and their role. are they supporting i.s.? are some of them being paid to join i.s.? what is your understanding? >> and its a mix, from the tribe in the north, which seems to have had some kind of alliance at least elements thereof with al-qaeda and they're a very powerful tribe, down south where the tribes there and are aligning with the iraqi government against i.s. and fighting them. it's a mixed back, as we saw in
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2006, 2007 where tribes formed an uneasy alliance with al-qaeda, if there is a chance to take up arms against these people, we find a lot of support among the sunni arab tribes, if there is a good government in baghdad. this is a prerequisite. >> thanks for joining us. >> we want to go to erbil. jane one heard the ambassador talks it. give us the importance of the strategic mission in northern iraq. >> well, essentially, the fighting going on now is an attempt to reclaim territory lost when the islamic state group came in and essentially over powered both kurdish forces and south of there, iraqi forces. the place where they're fighting now is between baghdad and the
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iranian border. that is incredibly strategic. there are a lot of flash points. it has centered close to the dam where forces backed by u.s. airstrikes and iraqi special forces took back a couple of days ago and south of there, jalulah where the route to the iranian border is very strategic for the islamic state group and the kurds fighting very hard to maintain since it's in disputed territories that they have claimed. >> are you seeing new information from the kurds and whether they are getting the weaponry from the bench and british and also the airstrikes, are they continuing? >> the airstrikes are continuing for the most part in the last 24
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hours. those have been iraqi airstrikes, but the us airstrikes did play a key role. what the kurds like are bigger, faster, more powerful weapons than what they're getting. they are getting small arms, ammunition, things that they can use to combat the weapons that were seized by the islamic state group that originally were provided by the united states to the iraqi army. there are night vision goggles coming in from britain. again, equipment that will help them fight, but not equipment that will turn the bat approximately that they say what they really need in addition to those continued airstrikes and coordination are things like tanks and artillery, basically heavy weapons. >> back in the u.s., a federal judge has thrown out florida's gay marriage ban, ruling that
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the measure which was approved by voters is unconstitutional. the decision was put on hold, pending appeal. four state judges have also struck down the ban. >> there is news this morning that global warming could be slowing, at least for now. a cycle of warming and cooling in the atlantic ocean could be the reason. the university of washington study saying a slow moving current is pushing heat deep sue the seas, but scientists warn when the current switches in 10 years, the temperatures are likely to rise again. >> the threat of severe weather and extreme heat continues in the midwest. >> let's check our forecast with dave warren. >> this is actually a typical summertime pattern here. what we have is high pressure developing across the southeast. there's this ring around it. they call this the ring of fire, not because they're fans of johnny cash, but the fire being thunderstorms. strong to severe thunderstorms around this area of high pressure, expecting more severe weather across this entire area
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that had it yesterday. so the south, the heat builds, day after day of this, you start to see heat index values go well over 100 degrees. the strong storms continue today pretty much over the same area. look at these highs, close to 100 degrees. a few cities might hit 100. when you factor in the heat index, that's more than 100 degrees. flooding could be a problem today. >> i am heading to austin tonight, no need to pack a jacket. >> leave it here. >> thank you. >> children in israel finding an escape from the war that surrounds them. >> the program that is helping them cope with post traumatic stress syndrome through art. >> the federal government proposing big changes for one of the most popular pills on the market. >> there's a big ruling on a story we have followed about a monkey and just who has the rights to this selfie. it is one of the stories making headlines around the world.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america, i'm del walters. >> coming up, we're going to talk about the effort to round up wild horses in wyoming. the federal government saying it is needed for their own safety, but we're going to look at what or who is threatening the horses. >> bank of america's settlement with the federal government, is is that going to help the people? the millions caught up in the middle of that mortgage meltdown. >> a third day of airstrikes and rocket attacks in gaza and hamas claims it killed 11 people it says collaborated with israel. a resolution is pushed for calling for an immediate size fire. >> chuck hagel said the islamic state group posing a major threat to u.s. interests around the world, calling it more dangerous than al-qaeda and beyond anything weaver seen, saying the islamic state group cannot be defeated without taking on its power instruct irin syria. >> dr. kent brantley has
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recovered from ebola and doctors say he hoses no health risk to others. his colleague was also discharged from the hospital. both were infected with the ebola virus in liberia. >> south africa is the latest country to impose a travel ban to ebola stricken nations. people coming back from those countries will have undergo extensive medical tests. >> we are joined by a senior fellow at fort ham universities institute and an infectious disease expert. thanks for coming in this morning. this is good news for these two. we saw that symbolic hug yesterday between dr. brantley and the doctors, how were the doctors able to determine that he and nancy writebol were no longer containingous. >> i think you're absolutely right. obviously they have affection for their patient, but beyond
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that, it is a symbolic hope. what they are doing is saying this guy is safe to hug, we're confident in it. what they've been doing is blood measurements on a daily or every other daily biases and looking for the virus in his blood. when it doesn't detectable anymore, that's when he is no longer contaminated. >> to try a drug properly, you need hundreds of thousands of people. these educated, healthy americans and who have got very, very high standard of care and especially who end up in emery hospital is totally different from the vast majority of people worldwide. >> one of the things they had was constant hydration, something as basic as that,
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because diarrhea is a symptom. what other lessons can doctors in west africa learn? >> there's a huge number of things we're learning from the two american patients, as well as from all the other survivors of ebola. one of the most important things about deneigh tieing those patients is to say that these are not just we're glad to see them survive but have a huge amount to learn from the survivors. >> i want to read you this editorial that franklin gram wrote, saying it's not fair that these two americans received special care. he wrote one of the first things he wanted to know was how soon they could return to medical work overseas. do you think that these two workers go back? >> i think it is unfair that they got medical treatment that's high quality than it is every day you and i would receive medical treatment than
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sub saharan africa. these guys are real heroes. there are those doing aid work that find it enjoyable and fun. working ebola is very different, dangerous and unpleasant work. i think these two guys do receive better treatment and special care. >> i know you have spent a lot of time on the field. does this type of outbreak deter doctors like you who are so needed in that part of the world from going and helping these people? is that what we're seeing happen? >> i've been asked to go and work in the epidemic and if i can get time off work, i would happily do that. the people who will not be happy about me doing that are my son, mother, friends and that's one of the drag on aid workers is no one wants their family member to go work an epidemic. >> it is a sacrifice. thanks for your expertise this morning. appreciate it. >> malaysia is mourning those
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who died in the shootdown of mh17. their remains are returned. we watched the solemn homecoming. >> this is one of the locations which has today received victims of m.h.17. the caskets containing the remains of the first officer and one of the cabin crew were brought hear for prayers, attended by many of their colleagues, captain that crews and first officers and cabin crews for one of the first public as her moneys. other families will choose more private affairs. it has been left very much up to their individual wishes. as for the return itself of the special cargo aircraft with the caskets onboard, that was a very public ceremony, held with full military honors. there was a one minute silence during which malaysians were asked to stop whatever they were doing to remember the victims.
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more victims on that aircraft have been identified as being malaysian and will be returned, the first coming on sunday and when we can expect to see in the coming days and weeks, more sad homecomings such as this one. >> the international team investigating the plane crash has suspended operations, saying the fighting in eastern ukraine makes it do dangerous to go to the crash site. >> the united nations said hundred of thousands of children in israel and gaza are in need of psychological monitoring because of the conflict that has now lasted more than a month. an american group is lending a hand. >> just one mile from the gaza border, the kindergarten is a bomb shelter. here for every group of children who laughs for the camera, there's a 5-year-old girl traumatized by war. these children lived through hundred was rocket attacks. >> many of the kids here have
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difficulty going to sleep. >> feelings of fear and anxiety leads to post traumatic stress. proximity to war creates invisible scars. >> their childhood has been robbed in a sense. they don't know how to normalize the situation, because they're always on edge of can i go there, contain go there, where's the shelter where i need to go. >> the form of therapy is art. she doesn't try and get children to talk. she tries to in fuse them with strength without them realizing. >> asking a child verbally to articulate themselves can be threatening and confronting, so presenting something oh, draw an animal that's strong. how are you strong about that animal. >> so, on this day, children who have seen war draw the strongest animal they can imagine. there were brown lions and
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golden lions and an elephant. >> have you explore with your child what makes this animal strong. >> children need to hear messages of resilience from their parents. an artist created a box for parents to give their kids. blowing bubbles slows breathing and reduces anxiety. >> how are you helping each snore. >> tracing hands on construction paper sparks a conversation about how families take care of themselves and each other. >> to have to stop everything and start talking with our kids. >> all of the sessions held in these buildings and designed in a similar way. you can hear this. [ tapping ] >> each one that seriously reinforced concrete. inside, there's a blast door that's heavy and closes from the inside and when you get inside, as well, it's reinforced with
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concrete and the windows covered because this is a bomb shelter. >> gaza is so close, it's visible through the fence. israeli tanks are parked just across the street and every building's reinforced from rockets. inside, they're building protections from trauma one animal at a time. nick schiffron, aljazeera, israel. ptsd studies show it's good for children to receive therapy before bedtime when their memories chrisalize. >> lucky to be alive, drivers crashed down a hill covered in grape vines. they were testing that car and will be racing in the world rally championship in germany. they weren't hurt. the roll bars prevented the roof from caving in. >> the federal government is getting tough on a popular pain
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killer nationwide. >> they are focusing mostly on hydrocodone which is highly detective. >> it's in a restrictive category. this flew role refers to vicodin, mixing hydrocodone with aspirin and can be just as detective. it will be reclassified to be in line with oxycodone and morphine, making it harder to get. keep in mind, nearly three out of four prescription drug overdoses caused by these drugs. pharmacies will have to keep them in a special vault. doctors will not be allowed to simply call in a prescription to a farm see. patients will have to present a written prescription in person. also, no more refills. patients will have to go back to their doctor to get a new prescription. this new rule will take effect in a month and a half. some experts say tighter
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restrictions will not curb abuse. just in the past 25 years, prescription drug overdoses have killed more americans than car accidents. >> it's even a huge problem in the veteran community. thanks so much. >> proof nobody understands the cloud. it appears that a pair of smugglers in southern california are in the clear now. larry beltran, jr. took that selfie from a new phone. his aunt bought it at a swap meet. turned out it belonged to a burglary victim who found the selfie on her eye cloud account after her home was ransacked. beltran now working with police. >> venezuela's president maduro is calling for people to be fingerprinted when they go grocery shopping to prevent
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people from buying too much of a single item. this comes from the christian science monitor. it says a lot of people are saying this is outrageous, it's a privacy issue, and it's the same fingerprint system they use for the country's voting. >> so much for picking up and smelling the melons then. >> trying to weed out marijuana plants. canada has a search and destroy mission targeting mainly outdoor marijuana growers. police hoped it would fund organized crime, it started in 1989. more than half admit they have used marijuana once in their life but said they didn't inhale. >> these monkey selfies cannot be copyrighted. the british photographer who set up the camera, david slater had
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wanted ownership. this image has been used so much he could have made millions by now. >> the lawyers for the monkey called it a kangaroo court. >> just so we continue to use it for free. >> we're going to talk about hostages taken for ransom. they want money to raise money for terror groups. >> up next, a look at the case of james foley and other journalists held by the islamic state group and the u.s. decision not to pay for their release. >> the plan to round up wild horses in wyoming. advocates say they have to do it to protect the animals. >> from deep blue sea to deep in space. a tiny organism noun for being in the ocean found outside the international space station is our discovery of the day.
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>> time now for our discovery of the day. incredible. turns out there could be sea life in space. >> russian cosmonauts taking samples outside the international space station reported finding sea plankton. the organisms usually live in the ocean only here on earth. >> scientists think they could have hitched a ride from earth. >> intriguing. >> welcome to al jazeera america. >> we're going to be talking about kidnapping people and holding them for ransom. it is a major source of revenue for some groups. >> paying those ransoms only perpetuate the problem. we have a closer look at the issue. >> the united states refuses to pay kidnappers to set abducted
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americans free. it's different in europe, where many countries are willing to pay ransom. the big question in the long run, what are the long term costs? >> >> before islamic extreme its beheaded james foley, they demanded $132 million in ransom. in marsh this year, two spanish journalists were released from syria. a month later, a group of french reporters were freed. the captors were paid, a move some experts say sets a dangerous precedent. >> they are funding people taking others hostage and killing scores of in cent people. >> al-qaeda has built a war chest of its own selling captives. the group has made at least $125 million since 2008,
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$66 million in the last year alone. foley's death has been a devastating lost, leaving some to speculate what if. >> there's no easy way to bring these hostages back. i think there will be a time for a post mortem on everything that transpired, and whether something else could have been done. >> a week before their son's death, foley's parents got this email. you were given many chances to negotiate the release of your people via cash transactionses as other governments have accepted. it goes on to say, however you proved very quickly to us that this is not what you are interested in. according to the u.k.'s daily telegraph, foley's parents were prepared to break the law to secure their child's release, but their son never returned home and now another american, steven satlof faces a similar
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fate. >> in addition to asking an employer for money, the u.s. was asked for run hundred million dollars in ransom. >> let's go to lindsey moran in washington. the united states doesn't pay ransom, but other governments do. does this undermine efforts and if there's an agreement among nato members, what about the ransom field? >> i think the foley case is going to bring to public light the very inconsistent policies we have between america and some of ourure even allies like france and spain, and absolutely the fact that other governments are willing to pay these very high ransoms. it legitimizes the terrorist groups. it empowers them, and at the end of the day, it provides them funding for years to come.
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>> water going to look at a graphic of how much money is paid for ransoms. even though the united states doesn't publicly use ransom or pay ransom, does it use back door means to pay ransoms in much the way they were farmed out in transition? >> it's rather hypocritical of us to say that we never negotiate with terrorists. i mean a perfect example is the recent bowe bergdahl exchange, where several high-level taliban leaders were exchange ford one army officer, who many believe to have been a deserter. so for us to say that we don't negotiate at all with terrorists, that's a little bit both hypocritical and not entirely true, but it's a very slippery slope if we start to pay these extremely high ransoms. it legitimizes these groups and
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gives them power. i think the problem is not the u.s. policy, but the inconsistency between the u.s. and our allies. if everybody refused to pay these ransoms, then there wouldn't be that inconsistency, it would punish the captors and it would safeguard the cap teetee's more. >> thank you very much. >> there's a growing controversy in wyoming, one of the last placeplaces in the country wild horses run free. >> act visits say the hoars are being put to death and people are turning a blind eye. >> i see horses up here. there's nothing anymore exciting, hardly, than seeing a band of wild horses. >> for 21 years, ginger, a documentary filmmaker has focused her lens that roam the western united states.
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now she has joined a bitter battle to keep them wild, fighting plans by the bureau of land management, the b.l.m., to round up these horses and remove them from this part of wyoming forever. >> the cattle ranchers argue that the wild horses overrun grazing areas on private land. none of the ranchers would speak on camera, but the organization that represents them has won a lawsuit against the bureau of land management, forcing it to remove hundreds of wild horses from private and public land. >> in recent years, the b.l.m. has rounded up wild horse to say control population. the horses go to b.l.m. holding pens and pastures, but now a federal investigation is underway into allegations hundreds were sold to be killed for their meat, a felony offense. >> the biggest buyer is a colorado livestock hauler, who has publicly at voluntary indicated that the wild horses should be sold for slaughter.
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>> since 2009, tom davis has bought more than 1700 wild horses, according to the b.l.m. in his applications, uncovered by the non-profit investigative group pro publica, he promised the horses would be used for movies, turned out a pasture and put on oil fields, but brand inspection records from colorado showed davis send hundreds of horses with b.l.m. brands to texas and towns near a worder crossing for animals on their way to slaughterhouses in mexico. the b.l.m. reversed to comment on his case and the office of inspector general would only say its investigation is ongoing. ginger is convinced b.l.m. officials looked the other way to get rid of animals they no longer wanted. >> you hold them culpable? >> i certainly do. they are culpable.
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this should never have happened, never. it's the only wildlife species they're supposed to be managing and they've made a horrible, horrible mess out of it. >> aljazeera, rock springs wyoming. >> the government has rounded up more than 47,000 horses, most held awaiting adoption or sale. >> dave warren back with another check of the weather, including a storm brewing in the tropics. >> we're watching this closely here. it is moving through the caribbean and showing signs that it could begin to develop, possibly becoming a tropical depression over the weekend. where is it headed? these forecasts show the center of the track. mostly all of them, all but one turned this up to the northeast to keep it out over the ocean. that looks to be the trend here. the forecast continuing to keep this off the coast, maybe impacting the surf along the east coast, but we'll watch how it devils opposite and look at the latest forecast. right now, looks like it stays over the caribbean, giving needed rain, because they're dry, but don't want that rain
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>> taking the fight to the islamic state group, a dire warning about the threat posed by the militants as the white house considers a battle inside syria. >> another day of violence in gaza, israel carrying out new airstrikes and hamas blamed for the killing of those three israeli teens. >> bank of america paying nearly $7 billion to federal charges it gave out bat mortgaging to american homeowners.
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>> those two teams that captured the attention of the nation facing off, but just one is now closer to the little league world series. >> good morning. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. >> i'm del walters. >> the pentagon saying it is the biggest threat to u.s. interests around the world. chuck hagel is calling the islamic state group more dangerous than al-qaeda and far beyond a terrorist organization. he said the group is threatening to spill more blood after the execution killing of james foley. >> the top u.s. military officer said the only way to definite the islamic state group is to go after i.s. leaders in syria. libby casey is in washington. we are hearing very tough talk this week from the obama administration. is there any indication the u.s. is ramping up its military campaign against the islamic state group?
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>> a lot of concerned talk, but muscle behind it remains to be scene. top military officials warn of the danger posed by the islamic state group because of its willingness to use brutal tactics, wealth and increasing sophistication. >> the killing of reporter james thole by the group known as the islamic state group is addressed by president obama. >> w we we have a extract the cr so it does not spread. >> chuck hagel offered a sobering assessment. >> isil is a sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen. they're are beyond just a terrorist group. they marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. >> a lesson iraq's population
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knows all too well as the sunni militants have killed religious minorities and overrun cities across the country, even executing government troops. >> this is beyond anything we've seen. we must prepare for everything, and the only way you do that is you take a cold steely hard look at it, and get ready. >> but to fully defeat the islamic state group said the top military advisor means taking the fight to syria where the group is based. >> it requires a number of instruments, airstrikes, i'm not predicting those will occur in jair at least not by the united states of america, but requires the application of all of the tools of national power. >> at this point, the president has not indicated military action in syria. earlier this summer, he did authorize a rescue mission inside the country to recover americans, including foley. that mission failed when the hostages were not at the targeted location.
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with the islamic state group threatening to execute another american journalist, the pentagon warns the group may have been stalled by the air campaign but not for long. >> we should expect isil to group and stage new offenses. theron eminent threat to any enters we have whether it's in iraq or anywhere else. >> that threat is not just in the middle east but globally because of fears that europeans and americans are going to iraq and syria, getting trained to the plan to come home and conduct acts of terrorism. >> what are officials saying about u.s. military involvement expand to go syria? >> well, the officials are saying, you heard dempsey and hagel speaking that syria is a crucial part, because the border is gone for all in tents and purposes. the question is whether anything
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can be done and whether airstrikes would be -- the u.v. would be willing to put those on the table. certainly not boots on the ground right now. there's the question of bashar al assad, the u.s. has been at odds with him. is there any chance of working with him? not likely. they blame him for the growth of islamic state group to expand. >> on the ground, kurdish forces launching a new offensive against the islamic state group, trying to take two towns that border iran. the islamic state group has been in control of these areas for the last two months. >> essentially, del, the fighting going on now is an attempt to reclaim territory lost when the islamic state group came in and essentially overpowered both kurdish forces and south of there, iraqi forces. the place where they are fighting now is essentially between back dad and the iranian
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border. there is a lot of flash points here but the fight centered close to the mosul dam, which person merge da forces, kurdish forces and iraqi special forces took back a couple of days ago and south of there where that route to the iranian border is very strategic for the islamic state group. >> the u.s. launching 90 airstrikes in iraq since august 8. >> prayers are pouring in for james foley's family. the pope called his parents. the pontiff wanted to console them on their loss. the foley's say they were deeply moved and grateful. >> the g.a.o. that keeps an eye on congress said it was illegal, the deal that brought sergeant
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bowe bergdahl home. the trade broke two laws, one requires the white house to notify congress 30 days before any taliban prisoner is reds from >> a revolutionary court tried these men and found them guilty of collaborating with the israelis, giving them information that led to the deaths of palestinians here. later in the day, a further six men were executed. this revolutionary court is meant to be made of of several members of various factions in the gaza strip. ordinarily, people would be tried in regular courts in gaza. now, in times of war, while those courts are not convening, this revolutionary court has
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been set up. it has so far handed out these executions to 17 men. we have heard reports before that there have been execution carried out over the last six weeks. this is the first time, that the various faction have made it public and it comes as no surprise that this announcement comes a tape after three senior hamas military commanders were killed. it's not likely that any of these men executed on friday had any involvement in passing information to the israelis that resulted in those three deaths. the announcement of these executions in a clear message to gaza. >> israel says today it conducted 20 airstrikes targeting rocket launcher sites. >> a new accounting on the syria civil war. more than 191,000 people have died in the violence. syria's civil war began in marsh, 2011. >> a russian aid convoy is
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driving into eastern ukraine, crossing the border after a week being inspected. kiev says it didn't give these trucks permission to come across the border. >> some real concerns from the ukrainian side that these trucks may well be used to help separatist fighters and some may make it down to the city of donetsk, another pocket of separatist resistance for the ukrainian army. we gather that the ukrainian says have said that this is an illegal crossing of the border by the trucks. they are escorted by separatist fighters. the big question now is how are the ukrainian army going to respond. why did the ukrainian border guards allow these truck to say cross over. the red cross said they will not
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take part in escorting these vehicles to their intended destinations. sounds like a very tense journey for these trucks, whenever their final point of arrival should be. >> the movement of these trucks is called a direct invasion. >> the national guard is leaving in ferguson, missouri, saying the situation has calmed. last night there were no shootings, they say the number of arrests has fallen sharply to less than a dozen now. they also say the city is getting ready to bury the teen shot and killed by a police officer. the start of grand jury hearings is one of the reasons cited for that shift in tone. what else do police think is making a difference? >> police also say in recent days they have been working closely and coordinating with clergy who have actually been on the streets here in ferguson.
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>> about 100 people protested thursday evening. it was the third night of relative calm in ferguson, as tensions seemed to be easing. instead of displaying guns, captain ron johnson showed off gifts from children. >> when we can see a table with a coloring book, a box of crayons and a sock puppet instead of weapons and molotov cocktails, this is what defines a community. this is truly the community of ferguson. >> the national guard is pulling out today. the governor sent them in monday after violent confrontations between protestors and police erupted into chaos. it started almost two weeks ago when 18-year-old michael brown,
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an unarmed african-american was shot by police officer derron wilson, who is white. >> we will continue to operate under a state of emergency. we've got a number of actions over the next few days that could respark. these are challenging times and i will work to continue as long as necessary. >> the heightened reaction tension forced attorney general eric hold tore visit ferguson this week. >> i've seen a lot in my times as attorney general but few things ever affected me as my visit to ferguson. >> he said there will be a thorough investigation into the shooting death of brown. questions remain whether that investigation will be fair. protestors are calling for the removal of st. louis prosecutor robert mcculloch, launching a petition driver to take him off the case. >> the concern is that the st. louis county prosecutor has deep ties to the st. louises police department. his father was a police officer,
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killed in the line of duty by an african-american man. his uncle and brother are police officers. mcculloch has said that in fact the loss of his father has made him more empathetic to the victims of crime. people have elected him seven times, and he has been referred to as one of the most experienced prosecutors in the state. >> school starts on monday, delay'd for more than a week because of all the unrest there. any idea at this hour what teachers plan to do when students return to the classroom? >> we spent time with a teach they are week. at her school, the staff is going to undergo crisis training this week and that counselors would be on hand on monday to address any concerns that kids might have. the fifth grade teacher said she cannot wait to welcome her kids back. she'll try to address concerns they have. what she really wants to do is
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just get back to teaching. >> live in ferguson, missouri this morning, thank you very much. >> there's growing concern in new york city over a planned weekend protest marsh over the death of eric garner. he died when these tried to detain him with a chokehold. the medical examiner said police actions led to his death and other nicers expect many to take part in the protest. >> dr. kent brantley back with his family, the ebola survivor making a recovery from the rye russ. >> his colleague was discharged from the hospital, both were infected with the ebola virus in liberia. >> an emotional day for dr. brantley and his family and the hospital staff. >> i think it was an emotional day for absolutely everybody involved. i mean, you could almost extend that to the entire country. it was a remarkable scene when we saw him yesterday. three weeks ago, he walked into that facility in atlanta in a
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haz-mat suit, looking for all the world like a nasa astronaut who was going to be for the moon or his own protection and everybody else's protection, and then yesterday, he was hugging people, completely freely, because he is now free of the ebola virus. not surprisingly, dr. brantley was very, very positive in his remarks that he made at the press conference yesterday lunch time. >> today is a miraculous day. i am thrilled to be alive, to be well, and to be reunited with my family. >> del and stephanie, we probably won't hear we are told from nancy writebol, who is the woman who was also in the same facility. dr. brantley told us once he's had time with his family, it's ok by him to be asked questions by the media. he could even be on our program in a couple weeks' time. >> what did doctors say about
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his recovery? >> the key take away is that they are saying this morning we learned an awful lot. you have to remember, this is a pretty rare disease, this has been a very bad outbreak. it's very difficult for doctors to come alongside people who have ebola and work at how best to treat them. what we heard yesterday was from the lead specialist in this case, and he not only was very positive about what they'd learned treating dr. brantley but keen to tell everybody else in the country that he really is free from this now and the danger has gone away. >> we have determined in conjunction with the centers for disease control and state health democrats that dr. brandy has recovered from the ebola virus infection and can return to his family, to his community and to his life without public health concerns. >> one last thing, they both have this experimental drug
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called z max made in san diego. the doctors do not know if that is what did the trick. in order to work that out, they'd have to give some patients with the drug and others with a placebo and haven't had time to do that. i think you can assume it helped a little bit. >> it didn't hurt. >> i'm sure that's true. all those people, more than 1300 have died in west africa. all those still suffering are not going to get this fantastic medical care they got in atlanta. it's worth noting 50% of the people in this outbreak recover anyway. >> thank you very much. >> it may be a stormy friday for some across the country and the weather may create serious problems. >> for all the answers, we turn to dave warren. good morning. >> more problems with the heat and the storms, not much changing there with the locations, though, because this area of high pressure and around this, you get this ring of
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strong thunderstorms that could be severe. again, not with the high pressure. that keeps everything dry, but just heats it up day after day. around it, we get a line of severe weather causing flooding in pennsylvania, severe storms through the midwest could happen again today. this was the problem here with the flooding, very heavy rain in a short period of time, flash flooding in areas of pennsylvania and all around the midwest. repeat scenes of this likely today pretty much over the same area. to the south of that, could see heat index values over 100 degrees, so really heating up. >> thank you very much. >> bank of america opening its checkbook, paying nearly $17 billion to the government over bad mortgages, what the agreement could mean for thousands of homeowners and a former bank executive. >> she is getting ready to blow. we're going to talk about the volcano has has travelers around the world in high alert. >> one driving giving motorists a scare as he speeds down a highway in the wrong direction. that video and others captured
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by citizen journalists from around the globe. the stream, on al jazeera america vé
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>> it's time now for a look captured our citizen journalists around the world. calling for the government to improve the quality of education, they say they wanted to be free at all levels. >> a dangerous situation in california as a massive dust storm blankets the area. forty-mile per hour winds downed trees, made it difficult for driving in that area. >> there was this scene in the u.k., police blocking a car going down the highway the wrong way. they say the driver was elderly, traveling at 50 miles an hour. they say the driver suffered from dementia. no one was hurt. >> up next, bracing for an eruption, the volcano in iceland that could create global problems. >> first, it is called the largest government settlement in history, that nearly $17 billion deal between bank of america and the justice democratic. >> this agreement doesn't end the legal trouble for one former
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top banking executive. >> bank of america acquired countrywide for $4 billion in 2008 and it's been paying ever since. in addition to today's nearly $17 billion settlement, i had pay the fine and penalties for countrywide since 2010, stemming from risky lending practices. based in southern california, countrywide grew to become america's largest single family mortgage lender. fueled by an immense desire to be number one, this former butcher's son from the bronx led the charge into the sub prime mortgage boom, a root cause of the housing crisis that caused the great recession. the justice democratic says countrywide's lending standards were exceptionally lax. loan applications required little paperwork and some people were allowed to purchase homes with no money down.
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according to prosecutors, he sold faulty loans to investors, all the while boasting about their highlanding standards. in 2010, the securities and exchange commission claimed fraud. he settled, agreeing to a record payment. bank of america paid $20 million of the fine, while he refused to admit or deny the charges. a criminal probe followed, but the justice department eventually dropped that investigation. for angelo, the legal battle continues. >> the bank of america settlement is the latest stemming from the mortgage crisis. citigroup agreed to pay $7 billion for its role in packaging bad mortgages. j.p. morgan chase made a children billion dollars deal with the government. >> we're going to talk more about the settlement and meet a homeowner who is worried she said a bad mortgage now could causes her to loose her home. >> a lot of homeowners still
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struggling. >> the lawyers at general motors are being investigated. they want to know if the attorneys helped hide evidence of faulty ignition switches. the problems led to 13 deaths and dozens of accidents. g.m. said it is cooperating. >> texas governor rick perry warning the islamic state group could try to slip across the u.s.-mexican border. he said illegal immigration should be considered a national security issue. >> it may be a team of terrorists arriving with their passports and papers, all in order, just like before, or it may be when one or more them slips across our unsecure border. >> today, perry's going to be arraigned on charges he abused his power, but he won't be in court. instead, he is in new hampshire for the first time since his presidential run of 2012. >> fierce of an eruption have
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put iceland on aviation alert. >> hundreds of tourists have been evacuated. >> the biggest glacier, the earth is rumbling. this is the volcano and although covered in ice, scientists say less than 10 kilometers from the surface, magma is churning. they don't know if, when or even where along this ridge magma could surface, but with almost 1,000 small earthquakes happening here every day, something is eminent. >> we are on the northeastern edge of the glacier. the volcano is under this vast expanse of ice, creating the real risk for iceland. >> if magma comes to the surface through thick ice, how long a amounts of melt water will flow down stream. even if it doesn't break through, it could melt enough to cause serious damage.
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authorities have evacuated hikers north of eruption zone. >> the magna flow will depend on the magnitude of eruption, but the motor likely scenario is that we'll get something that is 5,000 to 10,000 cubic meters per second, 10 to 20 times normal flow of the river. >> it's the possibility of ash worries europe. in 2010, the eruption sent huge plumes across the continent, grounding 100,000 flights. although scientists say any ash would be unlikely to travel as far. >> in the capitol, people are watching events, but are unafraid. >> nobody's kind of in panic. nobody's panicking. it's exciting. >> you know, they are on facebook and waiting for something to happen. >> aware they're at the mercy of nature, they're prepared for yet
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another reminder. aljazeera in iceland. >> the 2010 eruption affected more than 10 million travelers at a cost of about $1.7 billion. >> dave warren has been checking on how the ash might spread and let's see what he has to say. good morning. >> good morning. there was computer models that forecast that and exactly what would happen. that's certainly the big problem, the one in 2010, this is a picture from nasa that shows the ash spreading to the south. this is the normal weather pattern you see in europe, so this would be a they're rhetorical forecast if this volcano should erupt over the next 48 hours with the weather pattern like this. high pressure building over greenland is typical. you see it going to the south and spreading to the east, right over the united kingdom there. you the computer forecast throw and update with the weather pattern each day. should something happen with the volcano, the forecast would give
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a good indication how that ash could spread and impact aviation in the area. >> startling admission, an official with hamas takes responsibility for the killing of three israeli teens. up next, we're talking with a former advisor to the palestinians about what this revelation could mean for peace efforts. >> this is st. louis. st. louis has been this way for a long time. they used to sell slaves during the civil war and i don't think that mentality has left. >> violence long plagued the st. louis area before the death of michael brown. >> two break out teams in little league world series going toe-to-toe. who is moving on to the finals. >> a look at our images of the day, children wearing costumes in indonesia. >> it features 850 performers down two miles of road used as a cat walk.
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>> the launch of the satellite by the european space agency, the spacecraft blasting off from french guyana. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. ahead in our next half hour, if you ever go to park in a big city, you know what a headache it can be. one app offering cold hard cash to help with that is not sitting well with some. >> two of the most closely watched teams in the little league world series, who came out on top. >> the u.s. says is according out airstrikes in iraq, targeting the is state group. it is said to be more dangerous than al-qaeda and imminent threat to the u.s. >> the tone in ferguson a lot
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calmer this morning. the national guard is pulling out in the protests are becoming smaller and more peaceful. brown will be laid to rest on monday. >> more u.s. airstrikes this morning in gaza comes after hamas revealed it killed 18 people accused of collaborating with israel. those killings coming a day after airstrikes killed three top hamas military commanders. >> we are joined now from jerusalem. what is hamas saying about these 18 people killed in gaza? >> hamas is saying these people were collaborators, accused, convicted and executed for allegedly helping israel, providing information to israel. likely hamas will accuse these people having helped locate the building in which three hamas commanders were killed by an israeli air strike.
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it does reflect how important human intelligence, intelligence, information from the ground is to the israelis in terms of their operations in gaza. it's also very clear that the palestinians, the hamas and other armed groups which send a very clear message to people in gaza if anyone is giving information to the israelis, then they could be dealt with in this mapper. >> three european powers in the u.n. are pushing for an immediately ceasefire. how that is proposal being received by the parties? >> we have spoken to the israeli foreign ministry, they say they are aware of a new initiative. they haven't been given a detailed document and not in a position to comment on it. the main sticking points for anyone is bringing together demands which often are very much poles apart and not
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mutually inclusive in anyway. the palestinians are putting a lot of emphasis on easing, ending the israeli blockade of gaza. they want more goods coming across the crossing from israeli. they would alleges in the longer term like to be able to open their own airport and sea port. clearly the israelis very concerned about that, because they are worried about possible inflow of weapons to the gaza strip p.m. israeli wants to see mechanisms put in place which they say would give israel security in the future against rocket attacks from gaza. in particular, they want to see monitoring of border crossings and regions. they're interested in seeing palestinian strops from the west bank to come in and also interested in u.n. and e.u. monitors to secure the border crossings. >> let's go the former advisor to the palestinian negotiators
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and program director for the project offer middle east democracy. how is this revelation going to change the course of the conflict? >> it changes the framing of the conflict, now hamas claiming it is behind the abduction of the soldiers or the settlers and their killing is showing it is in control of the situation. it denied it at the beginning, sake it didn't know who committed it. it shows like hamas was not in control of its file and rank. it seems now with the new round of hostilities being hamas and israel, they're trying to show and image of competence especially after what's happened with the killing of the three commanders, the three hamas commanders.
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it showed that they are not safe, they do not have control over the situation with the collaborators and therefore are trying to show that they are in more control than they actually seem when you look at the news. >> once again, we are seeing an escalation of the tensions, those with israeli airstrikes this morning. what do you ever to say about that and is it possible now that both sides could return to the negotiating table with their being such an escalation? on the contrary, unfortunately. because the ceasefire failed, both parties are trying to up the ante, trying to have some qualitative edge over the other, trying to have some sort of victory that puts the other side in a position to want to have a ceasefire. both sides feel that they are at a stalemate that is not useful for either of them. i think there is going to be more escalation and we won't see an attempt by either side to
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achieve a ceasefire. >> we are are looking at as many as 17 or 18 retaliation killings on the part of hamas, that being reported by our correspondents on the ground in gaza. what do you ever to say about that? >> it's not only hamas. there's anovulation committee that landed those sentences. in general, the mood is in gaza and palestinian in general is one of resistance. they see israel as the aggressor and the palestinians trying to protect themselves. the collaborators are a very big problem for that resistance and it's something that scares and makes the palestinians insecure. on its those collaborators that pointed to the houses and therefore when houses shelled and people killed, the clap raters are blamed, so the executions not necessarily unpopular in palestinian,
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because palestinians are afraid from those clap raters. they feel they are the ones that are-- >> both sides are claiming the efforts are blamed for the escalation in violence. is there a bigger person on either side willing to come forward and say enough is enough and if not, with him the cycle of violence continue? >> they are only going to say enough is enough if they feel they are going to get some sort of change in the situation. neither side wants to go back to the way the situation was before the war. hamas wants and in fact the other factions in the gaza strip want a -- >> so i guess the answer in a nutshell would be no. thanks for being with us. >> back here in the u.s., tensions in ferguson, missouri are now shining a spotlight on
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the st. louis area. >> segregation continues to cast a shadow on one of missouri's biggest cities. >> it's the gateway arch. the symbol of a journey toward a prosperous future, yet in st. louis, life is still bound to a history of racism. >> this is st. louis. st. louis has been this way for a long time. they used to sell slaves during the civil war in st. louis and i don't think that mentality has ever left. >> at a. and b. car wash and rare, hopplage to civil rights leaders. inside a racial profile survival kit from the aclu is attached to the wall. >> i left my house, going up to the gas station up here just to get a pack of cigarettes. ok? and then officer stopped me right here, you know. >> just for walking. >> just for walking down the street, yes. >> how does that make you feel? >> that makes me feel bad, sad in a way, but then again, i
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don't know what's going through anybody's mind. >> poverty is only one aspect of it. the other is a lack of investment in your urban core. >> carrol heads the center on urban research at washington university, and in neighborhoods lining these where low income residents are more likely to be black, the contrast between have and have not gross as the tax base crumbles. the result, schools and other programs that move people forward suffer. >> america is the land of opportunity for those who have the preparation to take advantage of those opportunities, however, the disinvestment for the young and the poor have not been. that is where the promise has not full filled its reality. >> across the united states are many cities that have segregated neighborhoods and divided areas. here in st. louis if you drive
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down dellmar boulevard, they calm it the divide. whites are on that side, blacks on the other side. the economic disparity is right out in the open. >> the disconnect is social, political and economic. the geographickiccal divide where you have person was color, largely living in one segment of the city and county and whites and persons with means living in other segments of the city and county only exacerbates that. >> some st. louis nativessage segregation exists here intentional or not. >> going into north city, i think there is underlying racism. >> some compared it to native americans being put on reservations. >> if you break it down in that
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way, you will get a better understanding of how you're being hurted, how you're being manipulated, how you're being shoved here and what's being thrown into your community and why you have this type of thing. >> he bought a house in this blighted neighborhood for $4,000, believing one investment at a time can make a difference, a difference that can be reignited by the racial flash point in ferguson. >> the st. louis area is considered highly segregated. areas to the north of dellmar boulevard black, so the south white. >> a man pleaded guilty to admitting he threw a backpack into a dumpster from dzhokar
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tsarnaev after the boston marathon bombing. >> $3 million taken from the state assembly budget will be distributed to non-profit groups who help undocumented immigrants. >> florida's gay marriage ban overturned again, a federal judge ruling it is unconstitutional. he stayed his decision pending an appeal. four state judges also striking down that same ban. >> chicago's boys of summer and philadelphia's hard throwing it girls met on the diamond at the little league world series. >> one of them is going home. the drama is over. we have the details. >> it is sad that this run with these teams have to end, but all good things do come to an end. youth sports are fond of saying that there are no losers as long as you do your best. in williamsport, the kids competed in a way that will make
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what's already been a memorable summer even more so. >> the 13-year-old sensation monet davis leading the dragon versus chicago's south side all-stars. it was a nail-biter. >> pennsylvania flied out to end the game with the tying run on third base. chicago eliminates pennsylvania 6-5. the first all black team to make the tournament since the 1980's now has ultimate glory in its sights. >> it feels good, because it was 31 years, and some people thought we weren't even going to make it past eveningen also and now we're at the u.s. championship. >> waiting for chicago is the team that beat them 13-2 this week, the powerful team from the west, nevada. >> we're going to do some defense, some offense and
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practice and we're going to get ready for the west. >> meanwhile, monet davis had a quiet finale, neither pitching or getting a base hit while playing third and first base. the now famously poised davis knew what not to do. >> do not cry or to not be mad, because we made it this far, so there's no reason to cry or anything. >> they are champions and i just want them to come back and pick their heads up, they're the third best team in the country. they have nothing to hold their heads down for at all. >> davis knows the reception she expects when she and her teammates return to philadelphia. >> screaming, a lot of screaming. >> saturday is essentially final four day at the little league world series. the illinois team will try to beat nevada for the right to represent the u.s. in the championship game. the winner there will face the winner of saturday's international championship matchup between japan and south korea.
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>> do you see a movie in this? what is will smith's daughter's name? willow. >> i think probably somebody younger than willow is probably going to be cast to play this role. i'm sure somewhere the casting process is in the works. >> i don't think her story is over at all. thank you so much. >> bank of america reaches that historic settlement with the government over bad mortgages. >> fraud examiner hillary kramer is here with whether these flights go far enough to crack down on the because banks. >> you need a parking spot, there is an app for that, it is not sitting well with some.
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>> a live aerial look at chicago where heavy rains caused some major flooding. this is the result of heavy
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storms that rolled across the midwest over the past few days. >> welcome back. in just a moment, we're going to talk about an app that looks into open parking spots. they want to cash in. some people not happy about it in some big cities. >> the government is calling it a historic step, bank of america, agreeing to pay $17 billion over its role in the 2008 mortgage crisis. >> some homeowners given bad mortgages may not be getting any relief. >> what are we going to do if we lose our home? >> the davis family in the face of the financial crisis most want to put behind them. like many, they were sold a junk mortgage that may leave them homeless. she hasn't been able to pay off her loan since 2009 and this family faces the very real threat of losing everything. like countless others, she feels cheated and betrayed. >> can they please give me some of that money back so i can move forward with my life?
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please, can you help me? i'm not asking to live for free. all i'm asking you is can you just lower the interest rate, just chop it down a little bit? that's not a lot to ask. >> at the height of the financial crisis in 2008, foreclosure rates across the u.s. were rampant. banks and financial institutions were blamed for causing the meltdown by selling bad mortgages backed by risky loans. the justice democratic say this latest fine offers homeowners hope. >> this is one of the largest consumer relief packages we have ever assembled with a single financial institution, and its impact could benefit hundreds of thousands of americans who are still struggling so pull themselves out from under the weight of the financial crisis. >> housing advocates like josh say that without criminal charges, the fines wimp he says are just a slap on the wrist mean little. >> the fact that none of these
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prosecutions, civil prosecutions or criminal prosecutions are going through means that the real story of these bank's activities, fraudulent activities that led to the crash of our economy are not really coming out. they're being buried. >> following the announcement shares in bank of america went up. it's a dark chapter the bank can put behind them. >> the news that the bank has been find such a large amount of money is cold comfort to people in neighborhoods like this one. many of these homes have been foreclosed on and for the people that remain few believe they will get financial aid. for others, it's simply too late. >> in july, bank of america made moves to auction off her house. she's now launched a legal challenge, but for this mother of six, the promise of help is elusive. aljazeera, new york. >> hillary kramer is president and chief investment officer at a and g capitol and a certified
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fraud examiner. she joins us this morning to talk about this. you heard ms. davis' plea in that plea, where's my help. what does the settlement mean for people like her? >> for individuals, $7 billion is a year marked at soft dollars for consumer relief, but the reality is that those who really need the money the most will not be helped. first of all, it's six years and 10 million homeowners have gone into foreclosure. that doesn't even include other kinds of modifications that have been done. bank of america is 2 million of those 10 million. everybody would get enough for one or two payments. in terms of programs put in place, some programs include providing loans to large developers who would then build
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low income and middle income rental buildings, so then you have the problem of who qualifies to be able to even move into a middle income home. is it a poor mother who's struggling with six children who doesn't have the time and doesn't have the resources to put forth an application, show the right documentation. >> or have the -- >> exactly. >> or is it a couple making $100,000 a year claiming they're middle income and qualify. >> it sounds like she won't get help out of this settlement. >> what comes out of the settlement is bank of america gets to keep moving forward as a large corporation in this country. if criminal charges had been filed against bank of america, and that's why the c.e.o. said i
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better settle this and this seemed to pop up for nowhere, after dragging on for years. the state of emergency started a criminal indictment. he said i am going to ever to settle this. the reality is that it's really just so the bank can move forward, there's dividends still being paid and the stock has risen. if criminal charges are filed, people want make depositors take loans -- >> charges could still be filed against the head of countrywide. >> yes. >> and should they be to send a message and warning to other ] >> i would love to see that but in the case of bank of america, wimp absorbed countrywide, bank of america executives and those that came from nationwide are exempt. it's going forward without criminal charges. >> and their stock has gone up 4% on this news. thank you so much, ms. kramer.
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>> parking a big problem in most big cities, but now there is an app for that for price. that has some cities banning their use. we tell you why. >> >> parking in my neighborhood is tough, and i know the streets that i have right now is in high demand. >> seeing dollar signs on city streets, use the app to alert drivers you're leaving a parking spot and get $3 to hold it for another haystack user. haystack gets 75 cents of that. the company recently introduced the app to boston, after launching it in baltimore in june. boston puts the brakes on it, saying parking spots are on public space, and private individuals can't sell, lease or reserve public space. in june, san francisco issued a cease and desist order to monkey
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parking. istic drivers face a $300 fine for violating the order. one urban planning expert says cities only have themselves to blame. >> can you think of any other public asset that is so mismanaged and just left to take care of itself, and that's why these app developers come in and try to take advantage of this mismanagement. >> cities of faulted for not charging more on metered streets for peek demand which i says would make more space available. he that said extra money could be invested in city services. >> cities ought to think the way an app developer thinks and think how can i use this new technology to finance better public services on the meter blogs. >> one thing seems certain. there's opportunity in parking. aljazeera. >> a growing number of cities
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allow drivers to pay for shushside parking with cell phones, but that money goes to the cities abnot the app makers. >> let's check the weather. >> we are looking at the possibility for showers and storms, which are continuing here across the midwest. now, very heavy rain came through this the area near chicago leading to flooding. advisories coming in to the south. there are heat advisories and excessive heat warnings. the boundary is the focus of the storms, video showing there is bad flooding in chicago from the rain yesterday and more in the forecast. flood warnings remain in effect for this region. heavy storms could continue to come over the same areas. >> tomorrow morning on aljazeera america, ferguson, the way forward, two weeks after the killing of michael brown, how does that city heal? we'll ever a discussion on the cries and healing process. >> that's it for us here.
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